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|Bullet Weight||180 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Use Type||Self Defense|
|Ammo Caliber||.40 S&W (Smith & Wesson)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||990|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||392|
|Cost Per Round||67.5¢ per round|
Ballistic gelatin testing is one way to get an idea of how a self-defense load might perform in a real world self-defense situation. So we fired five rounds of Magtech 180 gr Guardian Gold from a Glock 27 from a distance of 10 feet into a block of synthetic ballistic gel with a barrier of four layers of fabric simulating heavy clothing. We then gathered information on the expansion and penetration characteristics of this load. That data is represented in the chart below.
How this load compares to other .40 S&W (Smith & Wesson) loads from our tests in regards to bullet expansion and penetration can be found in the diagrams at the bottom of the page.
We also took photos of each bullet that was recovered from the gelatin, seen in the photo slider below. The high speed video shows this round impacting the ballistic gelatin at 10,000 frames per second.
Want to know more about our ballistic gelatin test, including more photos, videos, and data? Check out Lucky Gunner Labs for the full story.
|40 S&W - 180 Grain JHP - Magtech Guardian Gold - 20 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||21.3||29.6||30.0||30.5||30.8|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.40||0.40||0.40||0.40||0.40|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||181.7||181.9||182.3||182.3||182.8|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||902||927||929||943||944|
Great round for a great price
Review by gijoe87. (Posted on 3/1/13)
Tried the 155gr first and noticed a lot muzzle flash, but the 180gr has considerably less muzzle flash. Both fired perfectly with no problems.
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